April 30th, 2010
11:41 AM ET
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Natl. Poll: More favor than oppose Arizona immigration law

Washington (CNN) - Nearly four in ten Americans support Arizona's new immigration law while three in ten say they oppose it, according to a new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Thursday indicates that 39 percent of the public says from they know or have heard about the new law, they support it, with 30 percent opposed and 31 percent saying they have not heard of the new law or have no opinion.

The poll was conducted April 27-28. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation into law on April 23. The law requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there is reason to suspect they are in the United States illegally. The measure also makes it a state crime to live in or travel through Arizona illegally. The laws has ignited protests in the state and across the country and some are urging economic boycotts of Arizona.

According to the survey, nearly eight out of ten Americans have heard about the law. Of those, 51 percent support the measure and 39 percent oppose the law.

The poll suggests a partisan divide, with 27 percent of Democrats supporting the law, 45 percent opposed and nearly three out of ten not hearing of the new measure or undecided. Sixty-two percent of Republicans questioned say they favor the law, with 14 percent opposed and 24 percent unaware of the measure or undecided. Thirty-seven percent of Independents say they support the law, with 29 percent opposed and one in three not hearing about the new measure or unsure.

"That gap is a reflection of how Democrats and Republicans feel about illegal immigrants themselves, not just the new law," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In a March CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, two-thirds of Democrats said they sympathized with illegal immigrants and their families. Only four in ten Republicans said they felt that way."

The Gallup poll was conducted by telephone, with 1,013 national adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.


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  1. sue

    The piece is misleading. 61% were NOT in favor of the law.

    CNN is getting worse every day. No wonder you're losing ratings.

    April 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. D.

    Bingo!
    We need to protect our country even against politicians trying to recruit voters!!! My goodness, so many hidden agendas, no one is interested any more in the USA!

    April 30, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. immigrant

    I do not know what is right or wrong. I am a legal immigrant. Although, I support the fact that we need to do something to stop illegal immigrants, I do not in favor of racial profiling. You will never understand (unless you are non-white/African American) how it feels when someone judge you on the basis of your skin color or on the basis of your English accents. How are you going to feel if you are stopped 10 times in a single day by legal authorities to prove your legality in the country? And by the way how are you going to prove? Do I have to carry my license/ Green card even if I go for a walk? How my 4 year old son will view this country as a whole if he experiences his father going through this pain again and again because he is Hispanic. My son is an American citizen by birth. I am not sure if he will be a true citizen from his heart. I always wanted to be a part of America. I have done my Phd from US University with 100% scholarship and I have a successful career now. I will always be thankful for the support I received from everyone in this country. This law will build walls among races. There is no way this law can be implemented without discrimination. I do not want my son to face this discrimination. I will never be part of the broader American society but I want my son to be part of this country. That is his birth right. No one has the right to question that.

    April 30, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Charly

    I can't wait to get rid of all these illegal Europeans, Indians, Asians, and Jewish. There taking all of our jobs from us and not paying any taxes.

    April 30, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. mike

    the one big reason why they favor it is because it hasn't happen to
    them as soon as it does they will be the first in line to be crying
    and then I could care less they want to check peoples citizenship
    then let everyone get check and see how long that would last
    lines lines and more lines I love it

    April 30, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Mike in Red State Kansas

    Okay people lets not get played. Lets look at this from a different perspective. The home of the beaten candidate has now passed a controversial law that begs Washington thru it current leaders to step in. What would be the big picture here?

    Obama steps in fights Arizona's new law thereby infuriating the right and maybe even some on the left.

    People do we really think the jobs held by those here illegally are going to get filled by the populace of the unemployed in the area? Are the unemployed going to pick produce for $3.50 an hour? Are they going to work the janitor and construction jobs for sub par wages?

    Put this one on the backburner for now. Allow the labor barons of Arizona to reign in the law enforcement in Arizona, trust the Almighty dollar, they will.

    Keep our eyes on Wall Street and Finance Reform for now. Do not allow the losing candidate's state to aid their party in this distraction.

    It takes more than One year to clean up an Eight year high pile of elephant dung

    April 30, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Emma, WI

    I see a few Arizona residents who have posted here and the ones I've read all express support for this law. I think it is ridiculous for everyone in non-border states to be commenting on this law and attacking the people of AZ. Before you form your opposition opinion, I suggest you go live in their state for a few months and see what they have to deal with because of illegal immigration. Then come back to us with an opinion that is based on facts versus political talking points. I, for one, support the people of AZ and trust their perspective on the issue since they live and breathe it each and every day.

    April 30, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. warren smith

    when i said the law needs to be explain does'nt mean i agree with whats going on now
    i think it is wrong with the way things are being handle, and you can poll 10 people and get a percent number
    so polls are not right

    April 30, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. PWC Virginia

    The county I live in passed a similar law. If you are arrested in the county, your status will be checked, if you are here legally you go to jail, illegal you get turned over to immigration. I don't have a problem with this. But if they can stop you if you are out and about for no other reason, I think that is problematic

    April 30, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. JFS

    Just where do you do your polling ??? Jackson Mississippi ??? Its is not a question of who is in favor of it or who isn't ??? The question should be who believes it to be constitutional and who doesn't ??? That is the actual issue here. Ya'll seem to favor questions in polls that hedges on Yellow Journalism.

    April 30, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Is it possible to grant citizenship to baby born in US although their parents are illegal residents? If so, I think this is how most of the illegal’s inheritance became legal here and there must be some law look into this also.

    April 30, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Rich

    To Bob in PA: Clearly you do not understand profiling. In your example the reason for the pull over is speeding, not being brown or black skinned. Just suppose if 10% of the police officers you see on the street were to stop you and ask for your identification for no other reason than they "resonably" think you're an illegal alien.

    April 30, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Privatism

    I just don't understand why everyone in the nation is getting involved. This is a state problem and not a national one. If Texas, California, and who are affected by this make laws and rules that make it safer for them, then by all means they have a right.

    I don't think is none of uor business how tough or soft the law may be, let alone make misconeptions about the law. And for the record, none of you guys know nothing about racism in America. There's individual, symbolic, aversive, institutional, etc racsim. The list goes on and on and I think best suited for people who are certified to tackle this problem.

    Don't talk about issues that you don't understand, let alone issues that states and the local community are being accounted for in solving them. That's my opinion.

    April 30, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Spanish American

    This poll is just one of the many that show support for this law in Arizona. I've read all 17 pages of the bill, and it is entirely constitutional in its wording. There is absolutely nothing that proves that this will lead to racial profile, unless of course you believe the word alien to mean Mexican. Just ridiculous that people would even consider opposing this, besides the people that have the most to benefit from it, like families with illegals or politians attempting to please the hispanic voters.

    Also, do you people realize that $20 Billion flow to Mexico each year? Do you not think that is a lot of money? I guess the recession hasn't effect all those Americans looking for jobs that could really use that money, huh? Guys, that $20 Billion flowing tax free right out of the country, minus well just throw that money in the trash.

    Good job Arizona, and yes, the majority of this country favor this bill. Hopefully other states adopt it as well.

    April 30, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. GlennMc

    I can't believe there are that many stupid people out there.

    April 30, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Michael

    How about making a new law of stopping every single MIddle Eastern looking person, and ask prove of their legal status in the country and do a complete background check????..Wouldnt that be a sight?

    April 30, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Norman Newcomer

    I am truly amazed at how ignorant people are. You can tell that most of the writers of comments didn't even bother to read the bill. Instead of blabbing on why not read it first, think about it, understand what the federal law states then you'll be able to make an informed statement. I've read both, firmly believe that the AZ law will hold up in court and race has nothing to do with it. Obey the laws of this country or face the firm hands of justice.

    April 30, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    This poll really shows how well the GOP lies and spreading of fear really works. How many of you would pick fruit all day long for $2.00 per hour? Please raise your hands higher, I can't see any. The fear works because they are an easy target for the GOP. What we are really afraid of is the drug traffic that goes on. But that's not what the GOP sells. It's all these guys in the fields taking our jobs (that no one else wants), it them not paying taxes (but they do). Fear and hate is all the GOP sells. Just like Hitler in the 30's. Find one group who you can say is responsible for all you problems. The GOP uses the exact same tactics as Hitler did.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    April 30, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. abe

    Polls do no mean nothing. Polls do not understand the inner feelings of people. They are all forgetting everyone in this country was an immigrant. Lets not for get what Ellis island stands for. Arizona's immigration law is setting a presidence in this country that will make you feel unwanted because of the color/ race. The drug problem / immigration problem is no different than any another state. Why they do not arrest and go after the users and when they is no buyer it will stop. So your polls are a tool of information so you can keep the news in the air. This is also putting a bad taste in the mouth of the kids that are legally born in these country. One thing how about people taking advantage of migrant workers/ laborers that are used illegally that benefit the economy. Let's address the issue instead of running around and taking polls.

    April 30, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    The rethugs keep sayng that the left sympathizes with illegal immigrants. No, we sympathize with latino Americans who now have to walk around with papers proving that they are legal citizens. Now if there is something wrong with that, then i just have to be wrong.

    April 30, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Jesse in Maryland

    70% of Arizonans support it, and with good reason. The flood of illegal immigrants is creating massive problems in that state, including higher crime and government costs. I've read the law (note: the law itself, not the hyperbolic ranting about the law coming mostly from the left), and it seems pretty straightforward. It echoes federal law, for the most part, that has been on the books for decades.

    And for those who think this is simply racial profiling, read the law itself, then read about "Terry stops" and "lawful contact", and then see if that doesn't change your mind. Cops will not be allowed to simply ask random people for their papers; they have to meet certain standards, such as the "reasonable person" standard that has been a part of American law for a long time. This is a smart law, and well-reasoned.

    April 30, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Lilarose in So. Oregon

    How can this bill be about RACE?

    Hispanics/Mexicans are Caucasians!

    Their NATIONALITY is Hispanic or Mexican.

    There are only three RACES on earth and we are all at least one of them, maybe two, maybe all three.

    Used to be called Caucasoid, Mongoloid, Negroid, but that is obsolete.

    Whatever, we are all at least one of these main races of humanity.

    Then we have our various nationalities.

    Stop calling this a RACE issue!

    April 30, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. NeptuneRex

    "The measure also makes it a state crime to live in or travel through Arizona illegally." What? AZ actually needed a law to make it illegal to live or travel through their State illegally? Surely you jest, have we come to the point where we need to make laws for it to be illegal to be...illegal? And to think that anyone would protest such a concept is sad.

    April 30, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. clot

    This is a great law! California is crying because they know that all of the illegal aliens will leave AZ and head to CA. California can't handle any more illegal aliens, they are bankrupt as it is, that is why they are so upset. I say lets get all of illegal aliens out now and let them come in through the proper channels.

    April 30, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. Otto

    News site have to make money and they'll post anything they think people will read.

    What are polls, what questions are they asking. Who are they asking questions? Of 300 plus million, they poll 1,500 or less and asume they are correct. Why is it no one every ask me my opinion?

    Did they poll Hispanics (legal Americans) as well or were they only a certain color or class?

    Anything illegal is simply that and the laws were written to be enforced. Has anyone looked at the reasons why so called illegals swim, dive, run or walk across the border? Do they come here for drugs or to seek employment? Why are they risking their lives to seek low class pay? There must be reasons and the reason (mainly) is the fact that there are no jobs in their home land. All the factories closed and jobs are off to China, just like hundreds of thousands here.

    There should be a real poll about the cost effect, reasons and solutions. Unless of course, the illegals are not human beings.

    April 30, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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